Described as “one of Britain’s finest choirs” (New York Times), Ex Cathedra and their artistic director Jeffrey Skidmore look forward to welcoming you to their 2018-19 season of uplifting choral music and inspiring singing.
Bach is at the heart of Ex Cathedra’s 49th season. There are performances of the St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio. Two of Bach’s witty, sublime cantatas will be performed alongside the world première of a revelatory new work by Alec Roth in Beginnings & endings, a concert that forms part of the newly revived Birmingham Festival of Early Music. Ex Cathedra will close the festival too, with a performance of Purcell’s semi-opera The Indian Queen - an imagined war between the Incas and Aztecs - with Purcell’s music complemented by some of the Latin American Baroque music that Jeffrey Skidmore unearthed during his research in Mexico and Bolivia.
The season opens on a grand scale, with a concert of no fewer than five pieces In 40 Parts. It’s a rare opportunity to hear Thomas Tallis’ iconic Spem in alium, alongside two 40-part works written for Ex Cathedra.
As ever, early booking is highly recommended for Ex Cathedra’s popular, atmospheric performances of Christmas Music by Candlelight, and if you enjoy those concerts you really should try Summer Music by Candlelight!
Ex Cathedra has been an Associate Artist at THSH since 2007.